Greater Celandine–Watch for this Pest Plant


Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) is a cheery yellow perennial that has been introduced as a garden plant and become naturalized and ecologically-invasive.

Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) is a cheery yellow perennial that was introduced as a garden plant and has become naturalized and ecologically-invasive.

This plant is recognized by its yellow, four-parted flowers arranged in a small umbel-like cluster.  It blooms from May to August.  It likes disturbed areas, moderate soil moisture, and dabbled shade.  Celandine poppy is often found growing in association with other well-known pest species such as garlic mustard, Dame’s Rocket, and yellow rocket.

A member of the Poppy or Papaveraceae family, Greater Celandine is difficult to pull because the leaves often break off at soil level when tugged on, leaving behind a long tap root (like a dandelion) which oozes a yellowish sap.  Best to use a trowel or shovel on this one.

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About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.
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